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Lake Mattoon

Coles County - Illinois
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Lake Mattoon is located approximately twelve miles southwest of Mattoon and about 1.5 miles northwest of Neoga, in parts of Shelby, Coles, and Cumberland Counties.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Mattoon, IL

How big is Lake Mattoon?
Lake Mattoon is approximately 988 sq acres (4.0 sq km) in size.

How deep is Lake Mattoon?
Lake Mattoon is approximately 31 feet (9.5 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Lake Mattoon?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Drum (Sheepshead), Flathead Catfish, Hybrid Striped Bass and Largemouth Bass in Lake Mattoon.

Other fish species in the lake include Crappie and Saugeye.

Are there places to stay in the Lake Mattoon area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Lake Mattoon and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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What are the best fishing times for Lake Mattoon?
Today for Lake Mattoon, fishing looks to be extremely active with peak fishing times around 12-2 am and 7 am - 8 pm. (view forecast graph)

For more best fishing times and fishing forecast vist our Lake Mattoon Fishing Forecasts section. Lake-Link Pro users can acess fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and dial into species specific data.

Are there places to eat and drink near Lake Mattoon?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What is the fishing outlook for Lake Mattoon?
What does the future look like for Lake Mattoon? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Lake Mattoon.

Explore the Lake Mattoon area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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History & Status of the Fishery
The fish population in Lake Mattoon is intensively surveyed every two years, primarily by electrofishing. The fish are measured, weighed, and scales collected before releasing them alive. Hybrid striped bass, and saugeye, populations are being maintained by annual stockings. In addition to the species listed above, yellow bass, longear sunfish, green sunfish, warmouth, and yellow and black bullheads are present, but are seldom harvested by fishermen due to the small size attained by these species.

Controling Authority
Lake Mattoon Marina
217-895-2922 (winter: 217-234-3611)
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Mounce

What is the average air temp for Lake Mattoon?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Lake Mattoon? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 80°F (27°C) to a low around 58°F (14°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Lake Mattoon?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Lake Mattoon.

For more Illinois State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Lake Mattoon Reviews
Below is the word on street about Lake Mattoon.
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john b.
4 star rating
Lake Mattoon is an almost unknown little gem of a lake. The bass fishing is very good; an informal tournament is held every Saturday morning in the summer months and it usually takes a five fish limit of 12 lbs or better toeven place. The water willows that ring the lake provide good weed fishing when the water warms as does the riprap causeway that divides the lake. The lake supports huge populations of shad and when the large stripers start feeding the action can be heart stopping!
Reviewed Jul 3, 2009
chuck h.
4 star rating
Lake Mattoon is a consistent middle aged lake. The crappie fishing is good here. Though you rarely haul in large slabbers the average size are keepers. Bass fishing can be hit or miss. You gotta find them in this lake but they are there. Tournaments are held by the local bass club. Catch and release is practiced religiously. Stocking of large mouths is done on a yearly to semi-annual basis.The largest Bass I've seen come from this lake were two 8# Largemouth taken the same day on live bait.Catfish are abundant with a 15# fish taken not uncommon.
Reviewed Dec 8, 2003

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Lake Mattoon...
Lake Paradise 4.0 mi 138 16 ft
Coles Co. Airport Pond 12.6 mi 20 7 ft
Wood Lake 13.9 mi 27
Lake Shelbyville 15.5 mi 11,100 65 ft
Ridge Lake 16.7 mi 15 15 ft
Lake Sara 18.4 mi 614 47 ft
Lake Charleston - Side Channel 18.4 mi 346 19 ft
Lake Charleston - Lower Channel 18.6 mi 58
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